If you were to pronounce the acronym ‘FSMA’ aloud, the reaction you’d likely get is “Gesundheit!” After all, “FSMA” sounds like an involuntary outburst. Spelled out, however, FSMA – the Food Safety Modernization Act – is wonderful new legislation to be embraced!
What is the FSMA? In short, it’s the most sweeping reform to our food safety laws in more than 70 years. Signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, it addresses the disturbing fact that – each year in the US – about 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. It does so by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
What does this have to do with Scratch and Peck Feeds? As it turns out, a lot! The FSMA not only addresses human food safety, it sets guidelines for feed manufacturers as well. Animal feed manufacturers were required to have all Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) in place by September 18, 2017. From a wide view on the supply chain to a laser-like focus on ingredient certification and risk-based preventative controls, the FSMA means top-to-bottom change. And as necessary as this legislation is, it’s equally difficult – and expensive – to implement.
Unless, of course, you’re a manufacturer that – from the onset – has touted that “You are what your animals eat!” For us, the FSMA simply put into law the preventative measures, safeguards and practices we’ve operated by from day one. Transparency, traceability, certification and a clean supply chain are the cornerstone of our daily operations. And we’ll continually work to stay ahead of the curve by finding better, cleaner and more conscientious ways to make the best feed you can find!